also helps us picture the early Christian tradition's understanding of deception, reprimand, and consolation.
"The Psychomachia of Prudentius
." The Classical Review, vol.
(224.) See generally Prudentius
, Annales Bertiniani (George Waitz, ed., 1883).
Here, Lewis's comments on Prudentius
in The Allegory of Love are useful: "It should be noticed that Prudentius
' seven champions do not exactly correspond with the familiar list of the seven deadly sins in later writers." So an author like Prudentius
might be working with the Seven Deadly Sins and Cardinal Virtues, though we should not always expect a perfect identification between the literary enactments and the abstract qualities, certainly not in growing and changing traditions like this one, either moral or literary.
Erasmus again emphasised some of the key principles of his Enchiridion (1503), "imploring readers to put off all human pretence and embrace the simplicity of the Gospel." (35) The 2 commentaries on poems by Prudentius
concern one on the subject of the Nativity and one on the Epiphany.
"First, what I know about Roman Christian poets in general, and Prudentius
in particular, would fit on the head of a perilously small pin, [...] Second, and despite the fact that in all likelihood I was a student in the first class that Musgrave taught when he came to M.I.T.
In the early fifth century the Spanish poet Prudentius
visited Rome and described the festivals there in honor of the apostles.
The text by Aurelius Prudentius
, a Roman Christian, was written around 400, just after the date when Christmas is first mentioned as a feast.